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Church Matters: The sins of ministry: Sloth (24 Jul 2014)

This is the latest entry in Church Matters, a blog by our General Editor, Paul Beasley-Murray.

Of all the seven deadly sins, sloth’ is the most archaic of names. The dictionary defines sloth as ‘laziness, indolence’. However, there is much more to sloth than being ‘lazy’. When the monks talked of sloth – the technical term is ‘accidie’ – they did not have in mind the refusal of one of their number to pull his weight in doing the whatever might have been his task. Rather this sin was related in the first place not to others, but to God.

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